1st Currently of the Year with a homework reward solution for you!

Happy New Year! It's been a good day so far! I was surprised when the gym was not busy this morning! I think the rain kept people inside...plus maybe one to many! I think I may go out and get a coffee soon! It's just that kinda gloomy weather here in Raleigh!

I honestly have SO much I want to share with you all that I have been working on, but this post would be a serious OVERLOAD! And I don't think you want that! Also...my cat has not been happy with me. The minute I sat down today to start working...this happened...
He jumped right up and sat on my mouse! George is CR-AZY!

I am so excited to share my first currently of the year with you! Thanks Farley for keeping this going! SO many of us look forward to it each month!

I am at it again! This time I am on season 3 disc 2. I am totally in LOVE with this show and have hopes in finishing all 5 seasons by tomorrow:) I think I will need that coffee! I about died yesterday with the episode where Sheldon kept saying, "It's a TRAP!" I heart Sheldon! 

I am LOVING that it is a new year. I mean, 2012 was a good year. It was uneventful, calm, nothing really happened, no big changes, no big trips...just simple. And that is ok because this year is going to be HUGE! With moving to Hawaii, starting a family, finding a new job...it's a lot. But I am so ready for this new adventure! Bring it:) This is his parents view from their living room! If you look out their kitchen window...you see the ocean! AND Chinaman's Hat:)

Since it is a new year I have also started my memory book! I think it will be really cool to look back at it year after year!

Thinking about all the things we need to do before we move is exhausting. We are pricing out tickets, shipping, travel, trying to figure out what to sell, what to keep, what to store...we have 6 months! We can do this:)

I realllllllllyyyyyyy want an ipad! But who doesn't???

I keep telling my hubby I want to make fonts! And I need an ipad to do so! I may just go buy me one with my TPT check! BUT...it is supposed to go to our move...bah!

My wrist has been bothering me:( I broke down and bought a wrap! BOO
Since I have started strength training and working out with my personal trainer, I have found my wrist is very weak. So I have workout gloves and this wrap to wear during the day. I can't type with it so it is not on now!

And last, my OLW is CHANGE! I am making so many changes for myself and family this year. It truly is going to be the year of Change! I found some great quotes I want to share and a necklace I want to buy!

I can't wait to spend some time today reading other currently
Speaking of change...I am changing the way my kids get rewarded for doing their homework and I wanted to share it with you! 
I like to give an incentive for my kiddos to do their homework! Before, the kids would earn one ticket for completing their math, reading and spelling homework each night. They would place their ticket in a bucket.  
On Friday's, I would roll two dice, add the numbers together and that's how many tickets I would pull out. If their name was pulled out they would get a punch in their no homework punch card. Once the card was filled up, they got a night of no homework. 
They LOVE the punch card and I am not changing that. The only thing I am changing is the tickets.
So here is my new idea!


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I hope everyone has a great 2013! Enjoy the rest of your winter break!


  1. I love your memory book idea! That would be a great way to reflect on what has happened throughout the year!
    Learning In Wonderland

  2. Tonya, I love your OLW....change....I almost picked that as my own! It sounds like you have a very busy year ahead of you! Yikes! But at the same time, what an adventure! Wishing you the best year (and an iPad!).

    1. I do have a busy year, but I am so ready for it:)

  3. Tonya!! I absolutely adored your post... I feel that we should keep in touch for inspiration this year.. I feel like year after year hasn't been eventful for me, and I am in this "rut" and don't know what to do about it. Maybe you can help keep me updated.. I love your memory book, what a wonderful idea!! PS-Sheldon Cooper is AMAZING!!

    Laura :)

  4. I heart Sheldon as well...he's so fun! I love that view...good luck getting everything ready for the move.

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  5. I have never been to Hawaii but I imagine it is beautiful! 2013 looks like it's going to be a busy year for you and I wish you the best!

    Hope your wrist feels better! :)

    Happy New Year!

    Bren P.
    The Teacher Diaries

    1. Oh thank you! I hope so too...my wrist that is:)

  6. I am so inspired for the rest of the year by following your blog. My daughter's teacher has done so much using many of your ideas and I am grateful to you. I don't get to be in one classroom as much as before, but I do share any chance I get. Here is to a good 2013 for you.

    1. You are beyond too sweet! thank you so much! You're words mean a lot to me!

  7. Happy new year, Tonya!


  8. I love Big Bang Theory!! My favorite episode is The Shiny Trinket Maneuver!!! It is hilarious!!! Like, spit coke through your nose funny!!!! LOL Happy New Year! I love the "Be the change necklace." Do you mind telling me where it's from?

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn

    1. I found them both in ETSY. I just typed in change necklace. What season is that episode on? Happy New Year to you too!

    2. I'm going to check those out!! My daughter's favorite quote is "Be the change you want to see in the world"! I think it's in the 5th season! I've seen it a million times, and I still hurt my abs laughing!!!!

  9. I love, love, love your multiplication mania idea! I actually use your homework reward system and give out tickets. But I really like this new idea since we are starting multiplication next week. Great idea, as always!

    Happy New Year to you! I rarely watch tv these days and would you believe have never really watched The Big Bang Theory. I might have to "change" that this year!